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I tried to make a cute easter photo but I failed terribly.

HAPPY EASTER TO MY LOVELY READER! I hope you have an amazing holiday! Also, I hope you have the ability to spend this day with someone you love! Have a wonderful day filled with laughter and love.

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Immortal Embrace by Charlotte Blackwell

 

TitleImmortal Embrace

Author: Charlotte Blackwell

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal

Date of Publication: June 1st 2011

Publisher:World Castle Publishing

Pages:Paperback, 252 pages

Description: Sophia Pierce has suffered since her brother left, and is unsure if she will ever get over it. That is until her family decided to move to Wenham, Massachusetts. She and her siblings have been ordered to protect their little sister, and must return to high school. This is where Sophia finds her soul mate, Nathanial, and life as she knows it is about to change.

As a vampire, Sophia has always kept to herself, but as a high school student, will she learn to step out of her comfort zone a little? Sophia has found a best friend in a powerful witch and a love to call her own. That is, until something tragic happens and blood is spilled. Will Sophia be able to resist the sweet scent of her beloved’s blood?

This is Sophia’s story, a story of a girl who finds herself, love, and everlasting friendship. The excitement of this story wraps mortals, vampires, witches, and shape shifters all into a romantic tale of young love, friendship, and the meaning of family. The story of a girl who tries to finds herself when she thought it was all lost.


 

disappointed.gifI had high hopes for this book. In fact, I was ecstatic to have the whole series thanks to Charlotte. The description made the book seem fantastic. Sadly, the book did not reach my expectations.

The book was a cross between Twilight and The Vampire Diaries. To me, it felt like a great fanfiction. In all honesty, I thought it could be a wonderful fanfiction. However, the book seemed too close to both franchises to be considered an original work or be published.

The story was okay. Because the plot was similar to Twilight, I felt like I already read it. The concept was great and again, the story was incredible for a spinoff of Twilight.

The romance in the story was not my favorite. I don’t like when a character falls in love at first sight. Also, the chemistry felt rushed. My advice to Charlotte is to make the characters’ relationships develop slower to build anticipation.

The characters were okay. There was a lack of development which made it harder to connect with them. In the next novel, I would like to see more backstories and development.

Overall, I wanted more. It wasn’t awful but I wished for better. I hope to see more originality in the upcoming books. I wish that Charlotte’s other books will take a new perspective on the series. I can see the potential in the story.


 

The Versatile Blogger Award

Thank you to Page Chronicles for nominating me! The Versatile Blogger Award is the first award that my blog has been nominated for. Thank you for the nomination.

Rules for this award:

  • Show the award on your blog
  • Thank the person that has nominated you
  • Share 7 different facts about yourself
  • Nominate 15 blogs of your choice
  • Link your nominees and let them know of your nomination

Facts about me:

  • I don’t like ebooks. That doesn’t mean that I think paper books are better than ebooks, I just prefer paper books. Ebooks, in my opinion, are harder to read. However, I do enjoy them on certain occasions.
  • I love learning new languages. I take Spanish in school, but I will learn American Sign language over the summer. I know basic signs, but I decided that I want to further my knowledge of A.S.L. through a hands-on course. After I learn these two languages, I will begin either French or Italian.
  • I love to read during school and out in public. When I am home, I feel unfocused and unable to read many books. My favorite reading spot is on buses, planes, trains, or any form of transportation.
  • My favorite place that I have been to is California. I go there every year and each time I go I find something new to love. My family usually goes to San Diego but we have begun to travel to Yosemite more.
  • I cannot read on the beach or at a pool. If I am near water and am able to swim, then I will spend my whole day in the water. If you take me to the beach, I will stay in the ocean until it is time to leave. No matter how many times I go to the beach, I will never not spend my whole day in the water.
  • I either read a lot of books and barely watch TV, or I barely read a book and binge watch a whole series on Netflix. Just like I love to read, I love to watch TV. My favorite shows right now are The 100, Once Upon a Time, Recovery Road, Jessica Jones, New Girl, and The Vampire Diaries. I want to start watching Orphan Black but I do not know where I can start watching the series.
  • I keep buying books because I get them at really great prices, but I have no room for them. I have three bookshelves that are filled with books so most books end up in a huge pile on my dresser. The worst part about it is that my TBR is huge and won’t stop growing.

Who I nominate:

  1. The Book Jar Blog
  2. The Perks of Being a Bookworm
  3. The Book Cove Book Club
  4. Emily Reads Everything
  5. Warning Spoiler Alert
  6. Books with Lucy
  7. Anne Books
  8. YA Indulgences
  9. Little Book Star
  10. Katie’s Book Blog
  11. Offbeat YA
  12. Stella Marie
  13. Mia in Narnia
  14. Living in a World of Books
  15. and anyone else who has not been nominated!

Feel free to not do this nomination if you’re already overloaded with others, have already done this, or simply don’t want to do it!

1 Year of Blogging

1 Year of

I feel like a terrible blogger. Not only did I forget my blog’s anniversary, I forgot to post a blog post on that day. In my defense, I was preoccupied with finishing out my third quarter of sophomore year. However, I have a few posts for this week celebrating my blog.

I can’t believe a year has already passed since I started this blog. I still remember the day I joined because I thought that you had to be a blogger to get in to book events and I wanted to meet fellow bookworms. Since then, I’ve met so many people and have been to so many wonderful events. It’s crazy to see how far my blog has come. What started as a small and unprofessional website with horrible grammar, has become a slightly bigger website with improved grammar. I’m incredibly proud of how this year has played out.

I know it sounds cheesy, but I want to say a few thank yous. First, thank you to all my readers. You have made my blog into something better than I have ever expected. You helped me complete my dream of reaching out to other bookworms. Without your support, my blog would have never improved.

Thank you to all my book friends. Before blogging, I never had friends who I could talk about reading to. Fortunately, I found you lovely people. You have supported me and my blog immensely. Thank you for being the friends I always needed. I may not say this much, but I love you and am grateful to have met you. You have made this journey worth it.

Next, thank you to all the authors and publishers who have supported me by sending me their books. I know how important your books are to you and I’m enternally grateful for your trust in me reading your work. You have helped my blog in an enormous way.

Finally, thank you to my parents. Buying a website, logo, and business cards is expensive and it is nice to have two amazing people who have supported my blog by helping contribute to some of the funds. Also, thank you for attending my book events despite not actually enjoying hearing about reading. I know there are about 100 other places you’d like to be but you chose to support me instead. I love you.

Also, I have some advice to people who want to start blogging. You will receive criticism from people. I remember when I started blogging, some of my friends thought it was nerdy to write about books. At first, I thought that I should quit since I didn’t want to seem weird. However, I decided to stick with what I love to do. I can honestly say I never regretted that decision. People always find something negative to say about what you do, that’s life. However, you can’t alter your life to please others. You have to do what you want to do because in the end, that’s all that matters. Book blogging was the best decision that I made.  It made me happier than I ever was. It is my therapy. If I never continued with blogging then I would still be a sad girl who had to hide her love of reading. I have had so many adventures from this blog. If anyone ever tells you to quit blogging, ignore them. You have an incredible opportunity that they wish they had. Don’t take that for granted.

Thank you for an amazing year and I look forward to more years to come. I can’t wait to continue this journey with you all. I love you.

A.T.O.N. by Lindsay Anne Kendall

Title: A.T.O.N.

Author: Lindsay Anne Kendall

Genre: Action

Date of Publication: January 26th, 2016

Published by: Lindsay Anne Kendall

Number of Pages:Paperback, 330 pages

I am not a big fan of action books, therefore this review may be not as reliable. However, Lindsay’s other previous series was incredible!!

For me, A.T.O.N. was an okay read. I did not dislike it but I did not love it. I feel like I did not have a strong connection towards the characters. Also, the chemistry between the characters fell a little flat. Throughout the story, the book tended to be dialogue-heavy which, to me, makes the story quicker to read.

The characters were enjoyable. I didn’t really like Declan. I felt that he was too invested in revenge. I really liked how Lindsay added the flashbacks of K. I really wish we had more backstories for the characters so that I could connect with them more.

The action in this book was not great. I felt it was overshadowed by the dialogue. I always enjoy books that are dialogue-heavy but this had too much dialogue at times.

I did enjoy the overall premise of this series starter and cannot wait to see how it all plays out. You can see how much Lindsay grows as an author. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!